Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit Coming to Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum
Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum will host
the “Tuskegee Airmen, Rise Above” traveling exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln
Capital Airport from September 13 – 17, 2016.
unique traveling exhibit features a 160-degree panoramic movie screen housed in
a 53’ semi trailer. Expandable sides allow the trailer to accommodate 30 – 40
individuals who can experience the original movie, “Rise Above,” a film about
the Tuskegee Airmen who overcame many obstacles to train and fight as U. S.
Army Air Corps pilots during World War II. Along with the movie, the exhibit
features a WWII-era P-51 Mustang fighter, a signature aircraft of the Tuskegee
are honored to be able to bring the Tuskegee Airmen – RISE ABOVE Traveling
Exhibit to Springfield,” says Douglas E. King, Board President of the
Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum. “The heroic
contributions and efforts made by the Tuskegee Airmen to our country and to the
world during World War II goes beyond commendable. That story needs to be told
and retold because it is a piece of history that often goes untold.”
Gemberling, Executive Director of Visit Springfield, the Springfield Convention
and Visitors Bureau, said, “We’re excited to have the Tuskegee Airmen exhibit
visit Springfield. New exhibits expand our tourism product and encourage
increased travel and spending in the Springfield area.”
Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau works to promote, service and sell
Springfield, Illinois as a leisure and convention destination of distinction.